Work Experience in BIAZA Zoos and Aquariums
James Denman

Work Experience

Work experience can be an excellent opportunity to gain experience and find out more about working with and for wildlife via your local BIAZA zoo or aquarium. Work experience opportunities are available across a number of BIAZA members. You can find your nearest BIAZA member here and then see if they have opportunities listed below. Please note that we have a separate volunteering page here.

If you are interested in work experience, please visit the weblinks or use the contact details provided next to the collection. If you are a BIAZA member who’d like to update their work experience information, please email [email protected]

AFRICA ALIVE
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Students who are currently studying level 3 in an animal related course, A levels or higher can apply, age 16yrs or over. Placement can be block release, single days or dependent on your requirements. There is a nonrefundable administration fee of £125.00 to carry out a placement at the park. To secure a booking contact [email protected]
ALAMEDA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes The AWCP in Gibraltar offers placements for Work Experience volunteers all year round. Placements are with the animal care sections/ veterinary/ administration, plus marketing & events. Gain experience with a wide range of species. Must be 18+ and submit CV and Covering Letter and preferably a letter of recommendation. We offer placements of varying lengths, students will also be involved in staff training days (where possible) plus full, practical training throughout the placement. They will receive a reference upon successful completion. Opportunities for research projects will be offered during the term and assistance will be given throughout. Contact details: Jessica Leaper, AWCP, Botanic Gardens, Red Sands Road, Gibraltar, GX111AA. [email protected]. Phone: 00350 200 64273
BANHAM ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Students who are currently studying level 3 in an animal related course, A levels or higher can apply, age 16yrs or over. Placement can be block or day release, dependent on your requirements. There is a non-refundable administration fee of £125.00 to carry out a placement at the zoo. CONTACT DETAILS [email protected]
BEALE PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Beale Park offers volunteer work on both the animals and gardens covering a range of experiences. Some areas are prohibited to volunteers. Places are available on the animal department for work experience students from colleges. Please contact [email protected]
BATTERSEA PARK CHILDREN'S ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Unfortunately we will not be taking or considering any volunteer or work experience placements at all for the foreseeable future. Please contact: Jason Palmer Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Battersea Park London SW11 4NJ Telephone: 0207 9245826 [email protected]
BELFAST ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Experience offered in keeping, administration and marketing. Varying lengths from 1 week to 1 year. Must be 17+. Must be applied for via Belfast City Council Please contact David Goodwin Belfast City Council Human Resources Department. Cecil Ward Building 4-10 Linenhall Street Belfast BT2 8BP. Phone: 028 9032 0202
BERKSHIRE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Applicants need to be 18+ and placements need to be for a minimum of 5 consecutive days and take place outside of college term time. The role would be based on either our exotic small mammal and birds section or our reptile, amphibian and invertebrate section, applicants can specify which section they would like to work on when contacting us. It would include helping out with our animal husbandry, training and general maintenance. Send a CV and covering letter to [email protected]
THE BIG CAT SANCTUARY
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No BCS does not offer short term work placements due to the type of animals we hold but we do take on interns for a 6 or 12 month period. Please visit our website
BIRMINGHAM WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Currently we offer the following: Work experience - (block placements – 1 to 2 weeks. Must be 14 years old and above). Work placements - (1 day a week for up to 12 months as part of college/university course.) Block placements up to 1 month – must be 16 years old and above) Volunteering - (1 day a week for up to 12 months. Must be 16 years old and above). Duke of Edinburgh Awards – (1 day a week until the required hours are completed. Must be 14 years old and above). Reception Team - contact telephone number: 0121 464 8728. Email: [email protected]
BLAIR DRUMMOND SAFARI PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Our policy is for 18 yrs +. We only offer placements to those who are connected with academia, and whose course requirement is to fulfil a period of industrial placement. Offered in the following departments :- Birds of Prey, Sea lions, Large mammals, Lemur Land, Pets Farm, Education Dave Warren Education Officer Blair Drummond Safari Park Stirling Scotland FK9 4UR Please complete this form
BRISTOL ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Bristol Zoo Gardens will be running two limited programmes this year. Animal Husbandry work experience from Monday 29th June to Friday 28th August and Education work experience from Monday 18th May to Friday 17th July. Both placements last for one week. You must formally apply for your chosen placement, see our website for full details. 2020 applications are closed. The application window for 2021 will open in December.
CAMPERDOWN WILDLIFE CENTRE
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Animal husbandry plus occasional marketing work experience at events etc. LBE Parks Service also offers work experience with park ranger teams. 1 or 2 week blocks or volunteering days. School / college placements – 14+, other must be 18+ Please contact: Aileen Whitelaw, Camperdown Wildlife Centre
CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES & ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Work Experience placements offered to students, aged 16 and over, currently studying animal welfare/management/veterinary. Minimum 1 week placement, working Monday-Friday only. Placements available on all Sections, except gorillas. Spaces limited and booked at least one year in advance. Please contact [email protected]
CHESTER ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Experience offered on all animal sections, however no short term placements on Primate, Elephant or Carnivore sections. Minimum 3 month placement/Internship (5 days per week inc. every other weekend.) Must be 18+ and our internships are best suited to those taking a gap-year between qualifications, sandwich placements or those who have already graduated from University/College.One-Year Internship - similar voluntary work pattern for one year from September until the following August, to apply you must currently be studying for, or have completed, an animal science related course at HND or Degree level or Level 4 NVQ. Included are a series of structured workshops which give an insight into some of the other aspects of Zoo and conservation work. Advertisements for programme are posted in February/March, applications accepted before the middle of April each year. Please contact Penny Rudd/Liz Ball Cedar House Caughall Road Upton-by-Chester CHESTER CH2 1LH [email protected] Application form upon request for Three- Month Internship. One-Year Internship recruitment between February and April each year.
COLCHESTER ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Placements on an animal section are for a minimum of four weeks full time five days a week, minimum age 17; or a minimum of 3 months full time, minimum age 18. The placements are for people enrolled on or have completed an animal care course who have some previous experience caring for animals in other environments. Applications should be received by the end of September for placements in the following year. One year student keeper placements are also available for those who have completed a minimum of level 3 diploma. A three month work based learning scheme is offered with a voluntary practical role based on an animal section. These placements are for people enrolled on animal care courses with previous experience caring for animals. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Please contact Jon Rowe Volunteer Coordinator [email protected]
CROCODILES OF THE WORLD
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Each year, Crocodiles of the World is happy to support a limited number of school Work Experience and college/university Work placement students. We cannot take students under the age of 16 years, and students will NOT be working with any of our crocodilians. In the first instance, contact our Head of Education at: [email protected], or see our website
CURRAGHS WILDLIFE PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Age 14+ Experience offered in all aspects of captive animal management. Placements vary in length to suit individuals; however, most are reserved for students from the Isle of Man. Please contact Tina Jauncey Tel 01624 693574 Email [email protected]
DARTMOOR ZOOLOGICAL PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes We offer 1 day a week work experience on Discovery and Learning department for those who are 16+, this is usually offered to those undertaking a college course and require a certain amount of work experience hours. If interested contact: Francesca Canale-Dow, [email protected], 01752 837645. We offer a week placement Monday to Friday for Year 10 students - if interested contact: Kira Woodrofe, [email protected], 01752 837645. We also offer placements and internships on the Animal Department - people applying for this position are required to be 18+. We have no positions available for this currently, however applicants can keep updated through our website. These positions are generally 6 months. If want more information on this please email - Hannah Webb, [email protected], 01752 837645 Please contact [email protected]
DEEP SEA WORLD
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Mainly based in the zoo. Weekly school work experience, college 4 and 8 week placements, one day each week placements available. Also hosted 13 week Princes Trust placements. Please contact Chris Smith Deep Sea World North Queensferry Fife KY11 1JR
THE DEEP
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No The Deep are not currently offering work experience or intern placements.  
DRAYTON MANOR
Role Information Contact Details
No All details regarding (work experience/volunteer) opportunities can be found on the relevant page of the Drayton Manor website [email protected]
DUDLEY ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No Dudley Zoo does offer work experience but we have an exclusive contract with Dudley College studying Animal Management Level 3. We take 6 students a day on 5 animal sections and 1 on education. This is for 12 weeks starting in January on Monday to Fridays.  
DURRELL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION TRUST
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes We have opportunities in all animal departments, the education department, the marketing department and the landscape department. Block placements for a minimum of two months up to a maximum of a year. Students work alongside our staff gaining experience of the everyday realities of working in a wildlife park. Please note placements will be contingent on Jersey Government recommendations for safe working conditions during the Covid pandemic and that students will need to follow quarantine and screening requirements in order to enter the island. Students may be prevented from taking their place due to border closures. For more information please click here. Please contact [email protected]
EXMOOR ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Experience offered in animal husbandry (keeper) and in Educational Department. Daily and block placements available to a maximum of 3 placements on any one day. No minimum age if placed through an educational establishment, otherwise must be16+ Please visit the website or email [email protected]
FIVE SISTERS ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes We offer work experience weeks (Monday-Friday) to students that are 15 years or older through their schools, in conjunction with the local West Lothian Council. This can be applied for via gateway. The work experience weeks involve assisting the keepers with food preparation, feeding the animals, and cleaning the enclosures. We also run six one-week work shadowing placements each summer for those in higher education. This includes veterinary students and those studying another relevant course (zoology, animal management, conservation biology, animal biology etc) at college or university. Students that are interested in applying for one of these work shadowing weeks should contact [email protected] for more information on how to apply. Please note that applications for work shadowing in summer 2021 must be received by December the 18th 2020. For more information please contact: [email protected]
FOLLY FARM
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No Due to the current covid-19 pandemic our programme is on hold. Please check back for more information when this changes. Kate Beynon Folly Farm Leisure Ltd Begelly Kilgetty Pembrokeshire SA68 0XA
FOTA WILDLIFE PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No All internships / work placements postponed until further notice. Fota Wildlife Park Carrigtwohill Co. Cork Ireland Phone 00353 21 4812678
HANWELL ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Animal husbandry plus occasional marketing work experience at events etc. LBE Parks Service also offers work experience with park ranger teams. 1 or 2 week blocks or volunteering days. School / college placements – 14+, other must be 18+ Placements in education, research and in general areas, placement length can vary. Must be 18+ Please contact Jim Gregory [email protected]
HAWK CONSERVANCY TRUST
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Areas covered: Husbandry, some basic bird handling. Interaction with the public during the displays. Block summer research placements offered by the scientific department. Vet students also spend time with our vet. Block placements only. Must be 16+ Work Experience Program Enquiries: Ryan Stephens [email protected] Research Placement & Volunteering Enquiries: [email protected]
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR BIRDS OF PREY
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes We offer a variety of work experience placements from 2 weeks to a year in industry opportunities, covering a range of topics including basic husbandry, falconry techniques and education. If you have specific interests or requirements, please let us know as we may be able to tailor our placement opportunities. 18+ only. Please register your interest through our website www.icbp.org/volunteer
ISLE OF WIGHT ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Cleaning and maintaining animal enclosures, food preparation for the animals, some feeding of the animals Block placements 2 – 3 weeks Applications must be submitted between September and November (Full details and application form on our website. For queries contact: Work Experience Administrator Isle of Wight Zoo Yaverland Seafront Sandown Isle of Wight PO36 8QB [email protected]
KIRKLEATHAM OWL CENTRE
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Daily and block placements for individuals on animal based courses (General Animal Care, BTEC First Dip. Animal Care & BTEC Nat. Dip. Animal Management). Must be 16+ Kirkleatham Owl Centre Kirkleatham Village Redcar North Yorkshire TS10 5NW
KNOWSLEY SAFARI PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No Learning & Discovery department: placements will not be available for 2020. Animal department: under review for 2020. Adverts and information concerning any internships available for application can be found on our website.  
LAKE DISTRICT WILDLIFE PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Work expereince duties may vary but generally students assist the staff and keepers in the care of animals and maintenance of the Wildlife Park. Duties include cleaning, food prep, enclosure maintenance and interacting with visitors. Contact details are: Lauren Pickthall [email protected]
LAKELAND WILDLIFE OASIS
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Animal husbandry placements offered, minimum of 10 days over two weeks or 10 weeks. Must be over the age of 16 and studying an animal related course. No placements available for 2020. Neil Cook Hale, Milnthorpe LA7 7FE [email protected]
THE LIVING RAINFOREST
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Animal Team (minimum 3 weeks for a block, minimum 3 months for weekly), Plant Team (minimum 8 weeks for a block, minimum 4 months for weekly) Education Team (minimum 8 weeks for a block, minimum 4 months for weekly)and Maintenance Team (minimum 1 week for a block, minimum 4 months for weekly). Application Forms for work experience with our Plant, Animal, Maintenance & Education teams are downloadable from the Volunteer page on our website. (Must be 17+) Limited number of full-time internships offered each year to those 18+ (Of particular interest are students who’s relevant courses require a period in industry or are taking a sandwich year as part of their degree) Contact - Volunteer Co-ordinator - The Living Rainforest - [email protected]
LOTHERTON WILDLIFE WORLD
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Experience offered in Animal Husbandry and Grounds Maintenance, block and daily available. Must be 18+. Please contact [email protected]
MARWELL ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Keeper experience (Feb - Sept), 1 or 2 week placements. Sparsholt students apply to college (by Dec), vet students must apply by Sept in prior year. Debbie Pearson [email protected]
NATIONAL MARINE AQUARIUM
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes We offer placements in our Discovery and Learning Team, enabling work experience students to engage with the public in informal marine conservation education. We also aim to provide opportunities throughout the working week to shadow our teaching team in more formal educational activities. Placement students will shadow our host team all week taking part in putting on shows, in busking activities and informal chats. Being a host provides a great opportunity to learn more about careers in marine biology as well as strengthen a breadth of communication skills. Requirements • Aged 14 – 17 and requested by school/ college to find a placement. • A strong interest in science communication and marine conservation. • Need to be reliable and dedicated. Please email a cover letter detailing why you would like a placement at the National Marine Aquarium, and a CV. Specify what dates the placement would be carried out. Work Experience Coordinator: Poppy Gitsham Email: [email protected]
THE NEW FOREST WILDLIFE PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Unfortunately we will not be taking or considering any volunteer or work experience placements at all for the foreseeable future. Jason Palmer Curator of Collections The New Forest Wildlife Park [email protected]
NEWQUAY ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No Animal husbandry work experience placements are offered to students enrolled at Cornwall College Newquay. We will also accept applications from veterinary students and from students wishing to undertake a research placement. Education work experience can also be available at some times throughout the year, for trainee teachers and those on relevant courses. For information on Animal husbandry and Education placements please contact nz[email protected]
NOAH'S ARK ZOO FARM
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No Due to recent Government guidelines surrounding Covid 19, our work experience programme is currently on hold. Please note, it may be some time before we are able to reopen our programme. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for any updates. Paula Takle (Education Coordinator) Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PG
PAIGNTON ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No For practical animal work experience, we now only accept applications form students enrolled at South Devon College. We will also accept applications from students in other subjects (for example teacher training or veterinary medicine) and from students wishing to undertake a research placement. Please visit our website
PARADISE WILDLIFE PARK/ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF HERTFORDSHIRE
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Students will take park in general animal husbandry, park upkeep and visitor services. Students do not work with Reptiles, Primates or Large Carnivores. Please see our website for more information or email [email protected] Work experience coordinator - [email protected] Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, EN10 7QA
PEAK WILDLIFE PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Yes we offer work experience in animal keeping. Applicants must be 18+ years of age. Placements vary in length to suit individuals; however, most are reserved for students from an academic background who are required to undertake an industry placement. [email protected] Peak Wildlife Park Winkhill Leek, ST13 7QR Or contact us via the online form
SHALDON WILDLIFE TRUST
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes We can offer animal care work experience placements of a five day working week (Mon-Fri) for a maximum of three weeks per student. We can also provide placements of one day a week across a number of months. All applicants must be a minimum age of 16 years old and be working towards an animal based qualification. Contact - Lia Summers, [email protected] 01626 872234
SEALIFE LONDON
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Working with the SEA LIFE London Aquarium Guest Experience Team you can find out about some of the incredible animals we look after and how we educate our guests about vital marine conservation issues. Every aquarium day is busy, unique and unpredictable so we cannot guarantee exactly what you will be doing; helping with public feeding displays, educating guests from our interactive touchpool or taking guests around on our Behind the Scenes Tour to show them how we look after over 600 marine species! Placements run Monday – Friday during term times only and are not available to book over weekends or school holidays. 1 or 2 week placements available. Please read through the work experience pack available to download from the ‘Working with Us’ page on the SEA LIFE London Aquarium website for detailed information on our work experience program and on how to apply. [email protected]

 

TILGATE NATURE CENTRE
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Work Experience placements offered to students, aged 16 and over, currently studying animal welfare/management/veterinary. Spaces limited and booked at least one year in advance. Simon Woodard – Nature Centre Manager Email – [email protected] Telephone - 01293 521168
TROPICAL WORLD LETTERKENNY
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes • Applicants need to be 18+ • An interest in animal husbandry essential • Placements would be 4 weeks +, so as to maximise experience • The interested candidate would gain experience in all aspects of zoo keeping • Placements would take place between April – September (could suit student on summer holidays) • Our collection includes birds, reptiles, small primates and small mammals Suzanne Deeney Wylie Address: Tropical World, Loughnagin, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Ireland, F92 H763 Tel No: 00353749121541 email: [email protected] or Facebook
TROPICAL WORLD
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes All applicants must be 18+. Assisting the animal keeping and gardening teams with their daily duties. Animal Husbandry, Food Preparation, Training, Record keeping & Establishment maintenance are all areas that will be covered during placements. Students on animal/horticultural related courses as well as enthusiasts are considered. Placements vary from one day a week to five days a week. Blocks can last from 1 week to 10 months depending on availability. Tropical World Roundhay Park Leeds LS8 1DE Telephone: 0113 217 5673 Email: [email protected]
TROPIQUARIA WILDLIFE PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Experience offered in all areas, as block (week or month) or daily i.e. 1 day per week for several months (mainly for Nat. Diploma Animal Management). Must be 15+ (limited animal contact), 16+ = greater contact Chris Moiser Tropiquaria Washford Cross Watchet TA23 0QB
TWYCROSS ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes All details regarding work experience opportunities can be found on the relevant page of the Twycross Zoo website. [email protected]
WEST MIDLAND SAFARI AND LEISURE PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
No At present we are unable to offer any work experience placements but we do offer internships on all our animal sections (except elephants) and with our Education team. Full details can be found on our website. Full details can be found on our website.
WILDWOOD TRUST
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Work experience placements are available in full time blocks in the following departments: • Animal Keepers • Conservation • Education • Rangers Please visit our website for more information. Volunteer Manager – Laura Metcalfe [email protected] 01227 209 616 Wildwood Trust Herne Common Kent CT6 7LQ
WOBURN SAFARI PARK
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes You’ll be working in the Safari Drive through or Animal Encounters and there’s a whole range of things you’ll be doing, including: • Animal husbandry • Feeding • Preparing feeds • Enriching the animals’ environment • Interacting with customers These placements are unpaid and we can’t offer to refund any expenses you incur like travel costs. These placements are only available to students who are at least 18 years of age, on a relevant academic course and able to undertake a placement of at least twelve weeks in length. For more information visit our webpage Please contact Head of Education and Customer Service [email protected], Woburn, Bedfordshire MK17 9QN
WWT ARUNDEL
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Volunteer and student placements available, varying in time and commitment but must be 18+. Available placements; Zoo keepers, Reserves wardens & Education. Please contact Sam Halpin, Collections Manager: [email protected]
WWT SLIMBRIDGE
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes Work experience: To find out more about what WWT Slimbridge has to offer and how to apply, please contact our work experience coordinator via [email protected]k for an information pack and application form. We are pleased to offer a limited number of work experience placements each year within the following departments: Living Collections – birds, Living Collections – mammals, Living Collections – amphibians, Reserves and Learning. The application window for a placement the following year opens each September and closes mid-December. Please note that Work Experience students must be over 14 years old and placements last one week only (Monday – Friday). Visit our website. Placements: Every year we are pleased to offer a rare opportunity to gain excellent practical experience in our fabulous wetland sites by offering a number of year-long placements. More information can be found on our website. Please contact our work experience coordinator via [email protected]
ZSL LONDON ZOO
Work Experience Information Contact Details
Yes ZSL London Zoo is excited to announce our new Zoo Veterinary Careers Days! This one-day interactive course is aimed at 13-18 year olds who want to work within the zoo veterinary career – as vets, vet nurses or as enrichment and behaviour experts. Students will get the unique chance to see inside ZSL London Zoo’s veterinary hospital and meet the professionals that work there. They’ll also experience exactly what their jobs entail and how they got to where they are. For full details visit our website.